The Calling of an Engineer / L’Engagement de l’ingénieur

Graduating students from the Faculty of Engineering received their iron rings in Grant Hall at Queen’s University on Sunday 19 March 2017 at a ceremony known as the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.

AeroEng Class of 2017 – The Aeronautical Engineering class of 2017 showing off their iron rings at the SSM, joined by BGen Friday and professors Dr. Billy Allan, Dr. Marc Laviolette, and Captain Sean Leithead.

Chem Eng – Members of the Chemical Engineering class of 2017 outside Grant Hall at Queen’s University.

The ring is worn by Canadian engineers (typically on the little finger of the working hand) to remind them of the ethics and obligations associated with their profession, and the ceremony dates back to 1922, when Rudyard Kipling was approached to pen the words for the ceremony and the obligation.

Our Commandant, Brigadier-General Sean Friday, was one of the three supervising engineers for the ceremony, as was Dr Mohsen Ferchichi of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Many faculty members, friends and relatives were also in attendance to witness the ceremony, and to assist in “ringing” the candidates.  A reception was held at the Senior Staff Mess after the ceremony.

Elec and Comp Eng – Some of the members of the 2017 Class of Electrical and Computer Engineering outside Grant Hall at Queen’s University, joined by one of their professors, Dr. Don McGaughey.

The ceremony is a significant milestone for Engineering students, and marks the (near) completion of several years of hard work and perseverance on the path to obtaining an Engineering degree.

Congratulations to all of them!


Aero Eng Project Group: From left to right, Officer Cadets Cody Hartwick, William Hamilton, Andrew Lumley, and Leo Fletcher carrying out wind-tunnel testing for their capstone project.

RMC Engineering was well represented at the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Student Paper Competition held at Queen’s University on Wednesday 22 March 2017.  Typically, 6 teams (three from RMC and three from Queen’s) present the results of their final year capstone design project at this competition.  Teams are invited to present based on an abstract they submitted beforehand.

This year, there were 4 teams from RMC, listed below with the titles of their presentations:

Jeremy Billard, Patrick Jireada, and Kevin Partner (Aeronautical Engineering)

Aerodynamic Surfaces Loads Analysis and Structural Design of a Next Generation Multi-Role Combat Aircraft

Michael Kogan (Computer Engineering) and Garrett McDonald (Electrical Engineering) (Photo left)

Solving the Robot Localization Problem

Leo Fletcher, William Hamilton, Cody Hartwick and Andrew Lumley (Aeronautical Engineering)

Stability, Control, and Aerodynamic Design for a Conceptual Fighter Aircraft

Jacob Burnett (Honours Computer Science) and Charles Grimshaw (Computer Engineering)

Examination of Spinal Stressors using Electromyographic Analysis

I am delighted to report that the team of Fletcher, Hamilton, Hartwick and Lumley took second place, and the team of Kogan and McDonald took third.  A Queen’s team came first.

I spoke to one of the judges afterwards, and he said all of the teams had done well, and the scores were very close.  I was impressed by all the presentations and was really proud of all of our students.

D. E. Bouchard, CD, PhD, PEng

Dean of Engineering


La faculté de génie de CMRC était bien représentée au concours annuel pour les étudiants en génie, commandité par Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), qui s’est tenue à l’Université Queen’s, mercredi le 22 mars 2017.  Typiquement dans cette compétition, 6 équipes (trois du CMRC et trois de l’Université Queen’s) présentent les résultats de leur projet de conception de leur dernière année.  Les équipes sont invitées à présenter leur projet basé sur un résumé soumis à l’avance.

Cette année, il y avait 4 équipes du CMR, énumérées ci-dessous, avec le titre de leur présentation :

Jeremy Billard, Patrick Jireada et Kevin Partner (Génie aéronautique)

Aerodynamic Surfaces Loads Analysis and Structural Design of a Next Generation Multi-Role Combat Aircraft 

Michael Kogan (Génie informatique) et Garrett McDonald (Génie électrique)

Solving the Robot Localization Problem       

Leo Fletcher, William Hamilton, Cody Hartwick et Andrew Lumley (Génie aéronautique)

Stability, Control, and Aerodynamic Design for a Conceptual Fighter Aircraft       

Jacob Burnett (Informatique avec spécialisation) et Charles Grimshaw (Génie informatique)

Examination of Spinal Stressors using Electromyographic Analysis

Je suis ravi d’annoncer que l’équipe de Fletcher, Hamilton, Hartwick et Lumley a remporté le deuxième prix, et l’équipe de Kogan et McDonald a remporté le troisième.  Une équipe de l’Université Queen’s a remporté le premier prix.

J’ai parlé à l’un des juges après la compétition, et il a dit que toutes les équipes ont bien fait, et les résultats étaient très serrés.  J’ai était impressionné par toutes les présentations et j’étais vraiment fier de tous nos élèves.

D. E. Bouchard, CD, PhD, PEng

Doyen de la faculté de génie


  • Michael McCartney

    April 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Congratulations to all of you newly ‘Ringed’ Engineering grads. My degree and the subsequent qualifications as a P. Eng., Building Design Specialist and Consulting Engineer have proven to be the best investment in time and effort that i have ever made. I wish you all the very best for the oncoming years.